If there’s one thing that I’ve learned since having a toddler, it’s that it’s their way or the highway. Whilst I’m proud to be raising a fiercely independent little girl, it’s definitely not always easy.
Bells is at the age where she wants to do everything for herself, but ability doesn’t yet outweigh determination… cue dresses put on backwards, shouting matches when I don’t quite understand what she’s asking me and full on meltdowns when she can’t figure out how to release poor Tonto from his cage.
Therefore, we’ve tried to do as much as we can around the house to help her to grow her independence with as little frustration as we can. In other words, we’ve been a bit lazy! We’ve got little steps next to our bed, so that she can crawl in first thing in the morning, steps by the sink for her to wash her hands, a bed that she can get in and out of herself and most importantly our Stokke Tripp Trapp.
We’ve had the Tripp Trapp for quite some time now, originally with the Baby Set and now just as the chair on it’s own, whilst we’ve got another with the newborn chair for Millie. I didn’t realise how invaluable it had become when I’m cooking dinner etc until I popped the cover in the wash the other day and found I had no clue how to get everything done with Millie in my arms, I digress.
Back to Bells.
The Tripp Trapp really comes into it’s own when you’re using it with a toddler. The fact that Bells can climb up to the table and to eat with us as a “big girl” has been a game changer. Whilst my fears that she’d climb down from the table came true to begin with, she soon learned that she was missing out by doing so… now she certainly stays put!
Recently, a number of my friends have had babies and I’m the annoying friend that bombards them with a list of “must haves” that will make their lives easier. The Tripp Trapp heavily features on that list.
NB: Whilst our latest Tripp Trapp was gifted to us (thanks Stokke!), we definitely bought our first one and we wouldn’t have got a second if I didn’t really love it.